We chat to Jade Mann, the organiser of the Good & Proper Food Trucks Eatery, on this exciting culinary addition to Sandton.
It was actually a film called Chef which inspired the idea: the movie is about a chef who quits his job at a top restaurant and starts a gourmet food truck that travels around the country. This reminded me of how much people love food trucks and I started thinking about ways to make them more accessible.
Is your background in food?
No, I don’t have a background in food at all actually. I’m an attorney and have worked in fashion as a visual merchandiser, but I consider myself an entrepreneur. I’m drawn to projects that relate to the things in life I enjoy such as food, music, nightlife and entertainment.
Do you think South Africans are embracing the food truck trend and that it is here to stay?
Most certainly. The food truck scene is part of a global movement towards craftsmanship. In general consumers have become hungry for products that are non-commercial and not mass-produced and artisan food trucks provide that with their attention to detail and the use of high quality ingredients.
What kind of dishes can people look forward to at the park?
Initially there will be five to six food trucks, as well as a bar and coffee truck. Food offerings will vary weekly, but will include items such as gourmet burgers, pizzas, waffles, frites, pork belly on skewers, fresh salads and artisan sandwiches, chicken wings, paella, tacos and more. So far we have featured vendors such as Maison Belge, Balkan Burger, StrEAT Cuisine, Culture Kitchen, The Brohemian, Zombie Chefs, Roaming Grind, Chilli Chef and Jozi Car Bar.
Please confirm opening times/days?
We’re open for lunch at Benmore Gardens Shopping Centre every Wednesday to Friday from 11.30am to 3pm. From next week we’ll also be open every Thursday afternoon and into the evening, for after-work drinks and dinner.
Words: Belinda Mountain | Images: Supplied